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Talk-show tango: May 25-29

In fall 2009, finales, late night, talk show, television, tv on 05/24/2009 at 10:58 pm

Oh dear. It’s Jay Leno’s last week helming the Tonight Show. Hang on a sec. … No, I’m certain. I have no tears on this loss. Not a big fan. He aims low and to the middle of America. Boring. But it will probably be worth checking out at least a couple of nights this week: say tonight’s fiesta of schadenfreude called Things Gone Wrong montage, with guest Mel “Gone Wrong” Gibson, and Friday’s finale with Conan O’Brien, who will step in Monday, June 1. Jay, if you must know, will return this fall (date tba) to take up space that should go to TV dramas when The Jay Leno Show premieres weeknights at 10 p.m. ET.


Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m. ET on CBS and E!)

Monday: Beyonce Knowles (Obsessed), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) (R)

Tuesday: Russel Crowe (State of Play) (R)

Wednesday: Jamie Foxx (The Soloist), Lauren Conrad (The Hills), the Dead (R)

Thursday: Tom Hanks (Angels & Demons), The Killers (Day & Age) (R)

Friday: Robin Williams (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Wynton Marsalis (He and She) (R)

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m. ET on CBS and E!)

Monday: Bob Saget, P.W. Singer

Tuesday: Chris Isaak, Moon Bloodgood

Wednesday: former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Amy Smart (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)

Thursday: Michael Caine, Matt Baetz

Friday: Simon Cowell (American Idol), Erin McCarley

Tonight Show with Jay Leno
(11:35 p.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: Mel Gibson (Things Gone Wrong montage), Lyle Lovett

Tuesday: Arnold Schwarzenegger (political montage), Dwight Yoakam

Wednesday: Wanda Sykes, Dame Edna, Sarah McLachlan

Thursday: Billy Crystal, Prince

Friday: Conan O’Brien (Extreme Tonight Show montage), James Taylor

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: Beastie Boys, The Amazing Kreskin, David Cook

Tuesday: Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Stephen Baldwin (I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here), Keane

Wednesday: Brooke Shields, Chris Hardwick, Kris Allen, The-Dream

Thursday: Jack McBrayer, Janeane Garofalo, Rodney Atkins

Friday: Justin Long, Tony Hawk

Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 a.m. ET on ABC)

Monday: Chris Pine (Star Trek), Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Scott Weiland (R)

Tuesday: Jamie Foxx (The Soloist), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) (R)

Wednesday: Matthew Fox (Lost), Ben McKenzie (Southland), Ciara (R)

Thursday: Channing Tatum (Fighting), Elisha Cuthbert (24), Depeche Mode (R)

Friday: Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), John Cho (Star Trek), Flo Rida

Chelsea Lately (12:35 a.m. ET on E!)

Monday: Real and Chance (A Real Change of Love 2), comics Sarah Colonna, Hyla Matthews, Chris Hardwick

Tuesday: Lisa Rinna (Rinnavation), comics Brad Wollack, Arden Myrin, Jo Koy

Wednesday: Mayim Bialik, comics Steve Marmalstein, Jen Kirkman and Josh Wolf

Thursday: comics T.J. Miller, Natasha Leggero and Greg Proops

Friday: Busta Rhymes (Back on my G.S.), comics Ben Gleib, Whitney Cummings and Chris Franjola

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: tba repeats all week




The Colbert Report (12:30 a.m. ET, CTV)

Monday: tba repeats all week.




The Hour (11 p.m. ET, CBC)

Monday: Daniel Negreanu, James Lovelock

Tuesday: Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Jeff Rubin

Wednesday:  Norman Jewison

Thursday: Larry King, Steve Earle

Friday: tba

Charlie Rose (11:30 p.m. ET, PBS)

Mr. Rose announces his guests only on the day of broadcast, so please click on the show-name link above for the most recent guest announcement.

Real Time with Bill Maher (11 p.m. ET, Fridays only, on HBO Canada)

Friday: tba


Live with Regis and Kelly (9 a.m. ET, NBC and CTV)

Monday: Jimmy Kimmel co-hosts, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here), Chris Byrne

Tuesday: Idol winner Kris Allen

Wednesday: Idol runnerup Adam Lambert

Thursday: Idol third-place winner Danny Gokey, Jeff Daniels (God of Carnage)

Friday: Ultimate Hometown Grill-off

The View 11 a.m. ET, ABC and CTV)

Monday: wounded soldiers Melissa Stockwell and Ireshekie Henry, Soulja Boy Tellem, hot dogs

Tuesday: Faith Prince (The Little Mermaid)

Wednesday: women’s health, performance from Broadway’s Next to Normal

Thursday: David Hyde Pierce (Accent on Youth), Justin Long (Drag Me To Hell), Mellody Hobson (Unbroke: Everything You Need to Know About Money)

Friday: Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin (Waiting for Godot), TJ Maxx and TJX

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2 p.m. ET on Citytv and NBC)

Monday: Hank Azaria (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight), the Poor chef charles Mattocks (Eat Cheap but Eat Well), comic Melinda Hill

Tuesday: Fran Drescher (Cancer Schmancer), Joe Ward (Masters of Illusion), auditions from Idol

Wednesday: George Lopez (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Cat Cora (Iron Chef America), Jonathan Burkin (America’s Got Talent), Sing It or Wing It audience playalong

Thursday: David Boreanaz (Bones), Bill Nyte The Science Guy, Tabatha Coffey (Tabatha’s Salon Takeover), Joel Paschal and Marcus Erickson (Junk Raft)

Friday: Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Matthew Rhys (The Edge of Love/Brothers and Sisters), Bethenny Frankel (Skinny girl)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (4 p.m. ET, CBC)

Monday: Steve Martin, Ephraim Salaam

Tuesday: Kris Allen, Mandy Moore

Wednesday: Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Iglesia

Thursday: Reese Witherspoon, Bobby Flay

Friday: David Spade, Gilles Marini

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Christina Applegate: Why She Had a Double Mastectomy (R)

Tuesday: Truth About Food with Dr. Oz (R)

Wednesday: Your Money Plan 2009 (R)

Thursday: Weight Loss Secrets of the Biggest Losers (R)

Friday: Women Leaving Men for Other Women (R)

The Tyra Show (10 a.m. ET on ABC)

Monday: Wedding Divas

Tuesday: Marry My Man

Wednesday: I Don’t Need a Husband or a Baby

Thursday: He Cheats… Take Back or Dump Him

Friday: Free Stuff

— Denise Duguay


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